Last week the Food Bank of Lincoln held a special drive-through distribution, sharing hundreds of pre-packed bags of food. But they had such long lines, they were forced to extend the time slot by two hours.
“There was a lot of gratitude and tears in those cars,” said Scott Young, executive director of the community’s Food Bank. “So many people are only one-degree separation from financial disaster right now.”
Feeding America researchers project a 45 percent increase in Americans facing food insecurity in coming months as a result of COVID 19: People who already face daily hunger, but also those who have never faced it before.
“People are losing their jobs, face furloughs, people have so suddenly been thrust into a crisis situation,” Young said. “There’s indeed a generosity here, Nebraska strong. We’ll need it. We are sprinting right now, but this is definitely a marathon.”
The Food Bank will use Lincoln Community Foundation’s COVID19 Response funds to cover dramatically increasing food demands, as well as to pay additional labor costs.
For more information on the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund and to make a donation, click here.